Dorm room etiquette
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Jun 18, 2013 1:12 PM Last Post By: Nutellover
May 26, 2013 4:30 AM
Dorm room etiquetteHi all.
I am going travelling on a budget so, needless to say, I'll be sleeping in many a dorm room.
The issue is, I snore like an overweight middle-aged man with a drinking problem. Many people can attest to the horror of sleeping in my presence.
I wonder if I should take this issue seriously, any thoughts?
I'm looking for some insight on the topic of dorm room etiquette. Does anyone have an interesting (hilarious) experience to share?
Let's be serious, sharing a room full of bunks with complete strangers is something of an experience - let's talk it out.
May 26, 2013 6:23 AM
1yes, you should take it seriously. But sleeping in dorms doesn't have to be a big no-no altogether. There are things you can do to minimise the nuisance..
First of all, if you're NOT an overweight middle-aged man with a drinking problem get checked out by your doctor. Often a snoring problem is related to sleep apnoe, which has its own complications.
when do you snore? If it's only/usually after drinking, then cut down significantly, for the sake of others.
do you sleep on your back? Try to re-train your body to sleep on its side. This can cut down on the problem, too.
Try to ascertain what and why and how much. There might be easy ways to cut down on or eliminate your snoring.
There are various solutions to snoring, which are available in pharmacies. Some work better than others and it would be wise to discuss the options with your doctor first.
A different one, that is claimed successful in about 70% of case, is an accupressure 'anti-snoring ring'. ((a discussion on this website - http://www.britishsnoring.co.uk/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=17706 )
You can buy cheaper, non-silver ones, from Amazon. Worth a try, maybe?
May 26, 2013 7:10 AM
2One thing is the above mentioned things you can do to help the snoring. I dont know anything about that.
Dont overthink your snoring into a big problem. People sleeping in dorms expect the snorers, and every experienced dorm traveler knows how to deal with noise.
I once stayed in a room with a guy, who offered ear plugs to everybody sleeping in the dorm. That was a nice gesture, but not a thing anyone would expect.
May 27, 2013 2:12 AM
3Mate snorers are not liked. I travelled for 6 months with a good mate of mine who is a chronic snorer and he caused carnage in many dorms. No one in a 10 bed dorm likes it when 1 snorer is getting a good nights sleep while the other 9 are kept awake. I am pro-active, I wake up snorers (including my mate) and let them know they were snoring. They do not like it but I am of the thinking If I cannot sleep because of you, then you are getting no sleep either.
Having said that, this is what you get when you buy the "cheap seats". Sleeping in a dorm you cannot expect a great nights sleep (unless it is alcohol induced), people packing and leaving to catch a early train/bus/flight are expected.
Take note, it will most definitely cause issues for you but not serious issues.
May 27, 2013 2:38 AM
May 27, 2013 6:26 AM
5You can buy a multi pack of earplugs at any drugstore. If you make light of it I'm sure everyone will be ok. I'm sure there are a lot of people who wonder if they snore, but are not quite sure, and try and read their roommates faces in the morning. I know I have woken myself up doing so but I know its when I end up on my back so I make a point of trying to burrow in and sleep on my side. There are many other issues that go along with dorm sleeping. The Dormrat: He/She that always seems to be there no matter what time of day or night you go back to your space/locker. The LuggageHound: He/She that has tons of luggage and always seems to have all suitcases open and spread around looking like they are desperately looking for something or reorganizing.
May 27, 2013 7:40 AM
6Earplugs, eyemask, one torch/flashlight, and NO NOISY PLASTIC BAGS!
Make your bed at decent hours (not at four in the morning when back from a party...)
Be careful not to rock everything and everyone when climbing onto the upper bunk, if someone sleeps on the lower one (I especially hate that!)
Keep your stuff next to your bunk (on shelf, or hanging from bunk structure...)
Avoid leaving wet laundry or towels lying everywhere. Bring some cord or elastic line and a couple of pegs for this use.
Leave the stinky boots outside.
Ask before opening/closing the window (the übercold or überhot sleeper is another ubiquous dormmate).
If using the '(ensuite) toilets at night, flush "discreetely" (but flush!). Avoid banging doors.
Don't occupy all the sockets for charging electronics, others might need them.
Say hello on arrival and to newcomers, and be considerate...
May 27, 2013 11:34 AM
May 28, 2013 12:05 AM
8@Sabrina - If I am sleeping in a room with a lot of noise (mostly at airports, but also sometimes in dorms), I will use earplugs and put my headphones on top. It's surprising how much noise you can cancel that way.
And I agree with micolett and Shuffaluff. There are plenty of other behaviors I find more disturbing than snoring. Like Rocking the bunk bed at night or setting loud alarm clocks.
And the last thing Micolett said cant be said enough. ALWAYS say hello to your dormmates, unless everyone is sleeping of course.
It doesnt take much, and I absolutely hate it when people wont greet me back, when we are living in the same room.
May 28, 2013 4:40 PM
Jun 3, 2013 10:53 AM
10I am not a snorer, but every dorm room and night train cabin has one. I don't complain and don't feel sympathy for those complaining. Those who cannot deal with the inherent problems of a shared space should not choose one. As an etiquette tip, be respectful with the things you can control, but snoring is not one of them.
Jun 4, 2013 7:46 PM
Jun 18, 2013 1:11 PM
12Every dorm room has issues. People snore, other people moaning about It isn't going to change that. I don't snore but I did get caught sleep walking naked one time in a dorm full of women. Normally If I have someone In the bunk above me snoring away I'd just kick the bottom on their bed, If they were elsewhere in the room I'd stick some ear plugs In and get over It.
As someone else said though If It happens when you go to sleep drunk then cut down on the booze, I think 9 out of 10 times I've been In a room with a snorer It's becuse they've gone to bed drunk.
Edited by: Nutellover
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